As you may be aware from reading a previous post, I made a good hard apple cider recently and bottled it three weeks ago today. This being my first fruit-based product and containing lots of sugar and active yeast, I was weary of bottling them in glass. When my babysitter was to arrive this morning, I contemplated moving them to the shed from the kitchen floor where nothing would ruin if one popped or a cap came loose.
“Nah,” I told myself. “…it’s been three weeks already. It has to be settled by now.”
At 11:28 this morning, I got a text from the babysitter: “…one of the bottles in the box in the kitchen busted….” Great.
No one was in the kitchen and no one was injured. For that I am thankful.
I came home today to find the bottle, expecting to see a bottle broken at the neck with the cap still attached. I did not find what I expected:
They had swept up the rest, including the cap. There are still glass shards around the inside of the box. This wasn’t a bottle popping, it was an alcoholic grenade. I had originally thought they’d be under some pressure, but I guess I was wrong about them being safe after a few weeks. Now I’m going to keep them outside somewhere they won’t get too much sun for a while and check on them later. I don’t think I’m comfortable with shipping these quite yet.
I’ll report later if there are more incidents (and start drinking them tonight). I’m just glad I didn’t give too many away so far – someone could have had a bad day.